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India’s new rail link closed after rails damaged in explosion

November 13 (UPI) — Authorities are investigating a possible terror attack in west-central India after an explosive device damaged a newly opened railway line.

The Udaipur-Ahmedabad railway in the state of Rajasthan suffered structural damage to the Oda railway bridge from an explosive device early on Sunday, authorities said. told the Press Trust of India.

Detonators and gunpowder were found at the scene after locals reported hearing the loud explosion and trains were quickly blocked from using the bridge after large cracks were discovered in the tracks, which, officials said could cause a derailment.

The Udaipur Counter Terrorism Squad is investigating the incident and expects the line to be reopened, officials said.

“Teams from ATS, (National Investigation Agency) and (India Railways) are on site,” Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said. International Asian News. “The accused will be severely punished. The team in charge of restoring the bridge is already on site.

The railway, which is the main source of rail traffic for the 160 miles between Udaipur and Ahmedabad, was recently introduced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is considered a key link to connect travelers from the north, east and coastal regions of India.